April 19, 2014

a little planter makeover...

I have a collection of items I intend to spray paint someday. A collection that has been growing for the past few years, to be perfectly honest. And for some reason, the idea of spray painting things is so overwhelming to me. I like it in theory, but I just never get around to actually doing it. However, earlier this year I vowed to actually start painting the items in my let's-clutter-up-our-home-and-garage-with-these-old-things collection.

First up on my list? A planter that ended up being a deathbed for some flowers my dad bought me last year. (My dad has a green thumb and apparently I did not inherit that gene. I also did not inherit my mom's ability to tan, which is highly disappointing.) But in my defense, I was gone for over a week last summer and Jay totally did not water the flowers every day like he said he was going to. (Which means he murdered the plants about a month before I would have anyway. Ah, well.)

After ditching the flowers from this planter, I decided to keep it around to someday refill with new flowers (or succulents, if I want to take it easy on myself). I finally rinsed it off a few days ago and decided to spray paint it a cheerful blue color, to hopefully add a nice pop of color to our front steps. For reference, the color I used was Catalina Mist (the brand is Krylon) and I picked it up at Michael's.
  planter before & after spray paint | yourwishcake
Quite pretty, right? Or maybe it's just me. I did inhale a fair amount of paint. (It was windy.) Still, I tend to love anything this shade of blue. It's kind of my thing.

I'm planning on picking up some flowers, herbs and tomato plants this week, and I'm looking forward to sprucing up our front steps for the spring. I'm hoping this year they'll all survive a bit longer. (Otherwise I may end up being that person with a porch filled with cacti and dusty silk flowers. Still be my friend?)

April 18, 2014

moderate couponing: free items at Vons...

If you have a Vons (or Safeway, depending on where you live) near you, you must sign up for their Just for U program. (No, this isn't a sponsored post. I just love me some Vons.) Today I was able to get all three of the above items for free, just by adding them to my card through their website. No coupons needed! Honestly! The three items I was able to get today retail for more than $15, so we're not talking sample-sized freebies here.

When it comes to couponing, I talk a lot about Vons—but it's pretty much just because that's the store I shop at most for regular, weekly groceries and I've become quite familiar with the ins-and-outs of the store. (Also, I love the employees at our local Vons. There is one specific lady who works there who is the sweetest woman ever and always dotes upon Eisley and buys her string cheese. Yes, string cheese is the way to that child's heart.)


At least a few times a month, when I log onto the Vons website (or app, which they recently redesigned) and browse the Personalized Deals section of the Just for U page, I'll come across items that are completely and utterly free. I just add them to my card from there, and they ring up as free when I check out and make sure to swipe my club card. It's the best.

From what I understand, not everyone gets the freebies on their account, and sometimes it is a regional offer or something of that nature. However, I have been getting at least 2-3 items for free every month. I'm not sure if there is a rhyme or reason to the items they offer for free, because I've received everything from taco shells to travel-size face wash. But, hey. Free is free is free is awesome. (Or something.)

I typically come across the freebies on my own, because I check their website every week when I'm making my shopping list, but I know that Krazy Coupon Lady often posts about them when they are available. If you don't often check the Vons website, you can always check there!

Last month I received the below items for free:

I never buy this sort of cookie dough, because I like making cookies from scratch (there's more dough to consume that way, obviously) but since it was free it was a nice little treat. Even though Eisley is way past the baby food stage, I picked up the free jar because I'm a weirdo and like to put sweet potato puree in grilled cheese sandwiches and spaghetti sauce. And the fruit bites were an easy thing to throw in my purse for an outing with Eisley!

Also, if you want to have a little money-maker situation on your hands, you can totally use coupons on free items at Vons. I'm not sure if people will see that as shady, but if a store's coupon policy allows such shenanigans, I say go for it!

April 16, 2014

recent craftiness: embroidered hair clips...

embroidered hair clips | yourwishcake.com
I've been in a funky mood for the past week, and yesterday while Eisley napped, I decided that the only solution was to grab some thread and bits of scrap fabric, and create something completely random. As I mentioned to a few people before, the idea of stitching appeals to me so much because it is somewhat old-timey and something you do completely with your hands. No machine needed…it's just your fingers, a needle and thread. (And a bandaid if you stab yourself in the cuticle.)

The act of stitching is so calming…almost therapeutic. It makes me feel like Ma from Little House on The Prairie. Except that poor woman didn't have the opportunity to wear skinny jeans and enjoy romantic comedies streaming on Netflix while stitching a couple sweet hair clips. Instead she was worried about wolves and making butter and keeping her family alive.

But I digress.

I still like to feel a tiny bit like Ma when I take the time to sit down and do things like this. No shame in my game.

In any case, I was so happy with how these little clips turned out! They were so quick and easy. And made completely with inexpensive items I already had tucked in my crafting nook. (You can snag a set of 12 metal clips at the dollar stores around here, which is pretty darn awesome. I always have a bunch on hand.) All I needed was fabric, felt, embroidery thread and needle, lace, a metal clip, and some hot glue. (That may sound like a lot, but odds are if you are a fellow crafty lady, these are all things you have laying around somewhere.) To get the sizing right, I just measured around the clip—making sure I had about .25" around each side. I embroidered the fabric with one layer of felt behind it, then glued it to another piece of felt, which held the clip in place.

Easy peasy!

embroidered hair clips | yourwishcake.com
Whenever I make something, I always have that moment of, "Do I sell this or keep this?" This time, I decided to give both of these to Eisley. They work remarkably well, since the clips hold the hair so securely and snap into place quite nicely.

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I'm unsure of whether or not I will be making more to sell in my shop, but I'll keep you posted. These adorable paper tags were in the dollar bins at Target last month (with about a dozen in each package) and I think they work perfectly to display the clips if I decide to sell them! I'm a nerd about packaging, can you tell? I always love figuring out how I'd display or package something, even if I don't end up listing it in my shop.

The past week has been busy around these parts, and I've definitely fallen behind on anything I've wanted to post here, but that's how it goes, right? I'm at the point where I've stopped worrying about posting or not posting or how often I post or anything like that. Too much stress on my brain. And it takes the fun out of blogging, you know?